And Bon Jovi Sucks Too: Hawks 2, Devils 1 (SO)
Another good game from the Blackhawks? A few more of these and I might have to drop out of that suicide cult I joined.
The Hawks took on the Devils in New Jersey tonight, and at least the game was fast. It was very much a classic Devils game under Lemaire. New Jersey scored first, then sat back and attempted to put everyone in the building to sleep. Lemaire's technique is so well-respected at this point that the Newark police brought him in as a consultant. Using Lemaire's patented system, the populace of Newark was placed into a deep slumber and they actually managed to go a full calendar month without murdering each other.
The Blackhawks were not as cooperative. Anyone who's watched wrestling in the past 20 years knows the sleeper hold never works anymore. So as Antti Niemi struggled valiantly to keep his teammates in the game, the Hawks were finally able to tie the game in the final minute with the extra attacker on the ice, thus seizing the ham sandwich of victory* from the waiting mouth of Devils' goaltender Martin Brodeur and later beating New Jersey in the shootout, forcing Brodeur to consume the bitter ham sandwich of defeat**.
Antti Niemi - Terrific game from Niemi tonight. He gave up only one goal which had almost no chance on. The Devils actually outshot the Hawks tonight, but Niemi kept the Hawks in it until they finally got the equalizer with 25 seconds to play.
Dustin Byfuglien - Buff stood out tonight. He was in position, he was mobile, he was physical, and he nearly made Martin Brodeur look stupid a couple of times when he faked a dump in, then fired a slap shot on net.
No Penalties: For the first time since 2001, an NHL game was played with no penalties in it. It made for a quick game, and meant we didn't have to see the Hawks abortion of a power play.
Jacques Lemaire - Curse you Lemaire, someday you'll be fired and it will stick. SOME DAY.
The Stench - This is merely speculation on my part, but since the game was in New Jersey, I'd call it an educated guess.
I was going to use this spot to mock New Jersey again, but that seems too easy at this point. Rather than beat a dead zorse like Forklift, I'll use this opportunity to feature the Rockford Ice Hogs' newest call up. No drizz, not Kyle Beach, I'm talking about Brandon Bollig who fancies himself quite the pugilist. Bollig's the guy in the dark jersey here, so you can judge for yourself.
Up next: The Hawks come home to take on Calgary in an Easter Sunday matchup. Hockeenight's Forklift will provide your coverage of that game, while I'll be developing a plan to defeat the anti-Christ (Jacques Lemaire).
*the one with Miracle Whip on it
**the one with generic brand mayonnaise on it